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Annie Hill and the Sister Project’s Tracey Cave with Hanan Abdelkarim, Rima Khamees and Faridah Amer.

Open gardens open hearts

By Claire Ottaviano

GARDEN enthusiasts can get inspiration from Annie Hill’s glorious Open Garden this weekend and help support Ellenbrook not-for-profit the Sister Project at the same time.

The Vines resident is opening her garden for the very first time after being an avid visitor to the annual Open Gardens event for many years.

“Gardens are always a work in progress and nobody ever thinks their gardens are ready,” she said.

“But since so many visitors had already been so complimentary I thought, okay let’s do it, there’s never a right time, just do it.”

Her garden is inspired by a love of Kings Park and by a desire to get her children out in nature when they were young.

“I love floral design and floristry so I planted things I could pick and put into a bouquet to give to people.

“I just love sitting in the garden, being in the garden and having the kids in the garden.”

The 4000 sqm property is full of natives and dotted with sculptures, meandering walkways and even a giant chess set.

Ms Hill is supporting the Sister Project through door entry, a raffle and art and jewellery sales.

“We have a business in Ellenbrook and we employ a lot of foreign people,” she said.

“I am just amazed by the skills that they bring to our community.

“Like every charity of course they need more funding so we thought this was a great way to raise funds and awareness.”

Sister Project chief executive Tracey Cave started the not-for-profit two years ago.

“The Sister Project aims to empower women from migrant backgrounds regardless of how long they’ve been here, whether they’re a new arrival or they’ve been here for 20 years,” she said.

“We do anything we can to stop them from being isolated at home and help them to integrate, teach them skills or let them share the skills they have.”

The project runs English lessons, crafting sessions, fitness classes and more.

“Craft is a good way to get people to connect and form relationships and that’s key to integrating into the community because you network and sometimes that can be the biggest barrier.

“When I moved to Ellenbrook I realised there was a huge gap in this area no one was offering these services.”

Find the Open Garden at 30 Vintage Lane, The Vines, on September 18 and 19 from 10am to 4pm.

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